The 2009 BMW M5 is the rear-drive high-performance sedan based on BMW’s 5 Series. It is equipped with a five-liter, 500-hp, V-10 engine and a seven-speed double-clutch automated manual transmission, which can be used as an automatic or shifted as a manual with either the gear selector or steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. A six-speed manual transmission is available as an option.
Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 5.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: Seven-speed automated-clutch manual, six-speed manual
Models: 2009 BMW M5
The 2009 BMW M5 remains unchanged from 2008. An improved iDrive controller is set for a mid-year release. The new version of iDrive is more user-friendly, and the buttons that surround the center control knob are now adjacent. Drivers can now search for businesses via a new Google Maps function.
Standard equipment for M5 includes a chrome grille, rear spoiler, 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power glass sunroof, power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors with reverse tilt for curb view, remote anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, high pressure headlight washers, and auto delay off dusk-sensing Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with self-leveling.
The 2009 BMW M5 has had several body modifications to distinguish it from the 5 Series sedan. Quad exhaust pipes and a rear spoiler grace the rear of the vehicle; the front has a spoiler and large front air intake dam. The fenders have larger wheel arches to accommodate the 19-inch wheels. The hood has a ?power dome? in its center and two air intake vents with one on each side of the domed portion.
The interior of the M5 is made of quality materials. Leather and brushed aluminum alloy trim give it an elegant yet sporty look. The front sport seats are covered in leather and support the driver, while the backseat is large and roomy enough to seat three passengers comfortably.
The new DVD-based navigation system offers Google Maps capability, voice activation commands, and real-time traffic. The large LCD display screen is centrally located on the dashboard. MDrive lets the driver select performance and handling settings to customize the driving experience. The keyless ignition has a push-start button to get the engine started.
Interior options include two types of wood veneer trim, head-up display, and automatic high beams.
The M5’s trunk provides 14 cubic feet of cargo space, which is enough for a consumer to store their luggage on weekend getaways while they drive on winding, country roads.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 BMW M5’s five-liter, V-10 engine generates a maximum of 500 hp with MDrive installed. It is a powerful, high-revving engine. It’s combined with a seven-speed SMG (sequential manual gearbox), an automated manual that can be driven as an automatic or shifted manually. The M5 can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds or 4.7 seconds with the optional six-speed manual transmission.
Handling can be customized by selecting Comfort, Normal, or Sport available with the Dynamic Stability Control system. It quickly adjusts the suspension due to driving conditions. The power steering has two levels of assistance to aid in quick steering response.
Standard safety equipment includes ABS, stability control, a full complement of standard airbags. Rear side-mounted airbags are optional, as are active head restraints. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the M5 as ?good? in frontal crashes but only rated a ?marginal? in side impact crash testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW M5 Sedan: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable sport seats
- Luxury interior
- Excellent handling
- Excellent commuting vehicle
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- iDrive is confusing
A five-passenger luxury high-performance sedan that uses the latest technology to enhance handling.
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